Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 22nd November 2019

Naeba Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
And a short blast it was, as we are back to feeling like spring today. Only after a cold night though it dipped down quite a fair bit overnight but today we'll likely see temps rise to around 9 degrees here at Naeba and around 7 degrees at Kagura.

The sun is out and it will be a fine day.

Cloud is on the forecast for tomorrow as it stands and it will not be as warm with the sun not due to make an appearance.

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Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 240cm
Kagura - 380cm   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
We're back to clearer skies and warming up today.

The new snow was fun while it lasted, though perhaps today will be good too with some leftovers out there. This morning it's a chilly start to the day but the sun is out and we have lovely clear blue skies above Madarao.

Colder again tomorrow and the chance of some light snow, with Sunday promising to the clearer of the two weekend days.

Just over one week to go for the season at Madarao.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog up top
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 515cm
Good morning from the Niseko area and we have another 15cm or so of snow to report this morning here in Hirafu since yesterday. Should be some good snow conditions to be found out there this morning.

After the wilder conditions we had yesterday, this morning is somewhat calmer. Here at base level anyway, though the flags around village are still moving about in an at times moderate wind. Seems the only resort disruption today is the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village not opening up due to poor visibility up there. Dense fog, as they explain. Oh, and also the top King Number 4 and top Hanazono lifts are currently on stand-by due to the same poor visibility and wind conditions.

Visibility generally fine on lower areas of the mountain though. Generally cloudy conditions over the region with a few hints of small clearer patches with sky on show behind the cloud.

We should see temperatures remain low and below zero over the weekend and into next week with scattered snow showers possibly through tomorrow.

Check it out... the Niseko Grand Hirafu official upper slopes snow depth up to 515cm again (up 30cm since yesterday) and it's 22nd March.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 515cm
Bottom - 235cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 10cm new snow, cloudy. Annupuri peak: -11.1C, expected wind speed at noon: WNW15m/s. Coastal data: wind SSE5m/s, 1.5m waves, pressure 1005hPa.

Below 800m, wind and driving snow is easing and snow layers above 21 Mar layer are stabilising. However on leeward slopes around 1000m the avalanche risk is still HIGH. Cornices are unstable and will fracture easily due dramatic growth recently. They can collapse instantly with no warning. Dont go near cornices.

The snow is good in the trees, although wind effected. Be careful of cracks and other objects under the snow. Avoid steep open leeward faces. The mountain has returned to winter conditions.

Gate opening is yet to be decided, dependent on weather and lift operations. Follow patrols advice. Dont duck ropes, this is prohibited and strictly enforced in Niseko.

Many accidents happen during or just after a storm. Ride cautiously and dont be overconfident. Please carry your own rescue equipment and know how to use it. Warm air is expected to flow in from noon. Get some good powder.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
The forecast was right. It's a sunny morning here in Zao and not as cold. Not much wind at all, and very good visibility all over the mountain. A fine spring day skiing on offer I reckon.

Weekend weather should be generally fine. It's forecast to remain fairly cold (colder than it will be today) with a mix of decent conditions but the chance of light snow at times. So somewhat mixed forecasts going on there. Stronger winds likely tomorrow though, hopefully won't mess around with lifts.

As below some lifts are entering their last weekend of the season.

Resort plans from now

The following lifts will run through until 24th March:

Onsen Number 3 Parallel A and B
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Ryuzan Pair
Karamatsu Pair
Paradise Number 3 Pair
Kurihime Number 2 Quad (only on Friday, Saturday, 20th March)

The following lifts will run through until 31st March:

Onsen Number 4 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair
Diamond Number 2 Pair
Oomori quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 1 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:

All the Ropeways
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day)
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)

The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area
210cm

Utopia
220cm

Paradise
210cm

Uwanodai
110cm   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
It is a nice sunny spring morning in Minakami.

Right now it is 4C in town and a high of above 13C forecast for this afternoon, so really going to warm up again today. Lots of sun, don't forget your sunscreen.

Some trails are now closed at Okutone and Norn due to lack of snow but the resorts remain open.

For next days forecast says warm weather and there's the possibility of some snow on higher slopes around Monday night.    Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Clear and sunny this morning with blue skies all around. (The official website has light snow falling at Terakoya and Higashitateyama as of 15 minutes ago, so can only presume that's a typo. Sure doesn't look like it is snowing there from here).

Anyway yes it's a fine morning here, though quite cold - definitely colder than yesterday morning and it should actually remain fairly cold over the weekend. Chances of light snow here and there - overnight? - and stronger winds especially tomorrow, but other than that generally sun and/or cloud seems to be lined up.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort area:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Friday 21st March 2013 AM:

Yokoteyama:
210cm
Shibutoge:
215cm
Kumanoyu:
210cm
Sun Valley:
120cm
Maruike:
120cm
Giant:
160cm
Mammoth:
175cm
Terakoya:
180cm
Ichinose Family:
180cm
Ichinose Diamond:
180cm
Yakebitaiyama:
210cm
Okushiga Kogen:
210cm

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Here are the latest lift operation plans for the resorts around Shiga Kogen, as of Wednesday 20th March. Please note that they are of course subject to change and in particular snow conditions.

Sun Valley:
Number 1 quad open until April 4th, then April 6th and 7th.
Number 3 lift open until March 31st March, morning of April 2nd, April 3rd, and morning of April 4th.

Maruike:
Number 1 triple lift open until April 2nd.
Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st.

Hasuike:
Triple lift open until April 1st.
Ropetow open until March 31st.

Giant:
Open until April 5th.

Happo Bunadaira:
Open until March 31st.

Higashitateyama:
Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.

Nishitateyama:
Number 1 'hoodie', quad open until March 31st.
Number 2 triple open until March 31st and then mornings of April 27th until May 6th.

Terakoya:
Open daily until March 31st and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and April 27th until May 6th.

Mammoth:
Quad open until May 6th.
Number 2 triple lift open until April 7th and then April 25th-27th.
Number 3 pair lift open until March 31st.

Tanne no mori okujo:
Open until April 2nd and then open on April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and April 26th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
Quad open until May 6th.
Number 3 quad open until March 31st.
Number 2 Pair A line open until March 31st and then open April 10th-15th, April 17th-22nd, April 24th-25th.
Number 2 Pair B line open until April 9th and then open April 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and then April 26t until May 6th.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad lift open until April 7th and then on April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.
Triple lift open until March 31st.
Moving walkway open until March 31st.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.

Yakebitaiyama:
Number 1 Gondola open until April 7th.
Number 2 Gondola open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May.
Number 2 high speed lift open until April 7th and then April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until 6th May.
Number 3 high speed lift open until March 31st and then April 5th-7th.
Number 4 romance lift open when the Number 2 Gondola is not running.

Okushiga Kogen:
No details yet.

Kumanoyu:
Number 1 pair lift open until May 6th.
Number 2 pair lift open until May 12th.
Number 3 quad lift open until March 31st and then April 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st and then April 27th until May 6th.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:
Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky lift open until 6th May.
Yokoteyama Number 2, 3 Sky, Shibutoge romance lifts open until late May (basically as long as they can open).

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From 7th May onwards, special individual lift tickets are required at Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama - season tickets and all Shiga Kogen tickets not valid. At Kumanoyu they are 3000 yen (children 1500 yen) for a full day and 2000 yen (children 1000 yen) for half day. At Yokoteyama and Shibutoge they are 3000 yen (children free) for a full day and 2000 yen (children free) for half day.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
I feel like I could pull out some of my earlier reports for March and just use them again: it was snowing yesterday, it's perfectly blue and sunny today. At least we're not going back to rain, at least until the beginning of next week.

It is nice out, though - a perfect day for a slide.

Wear some sunscreen, though!

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Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
210cm, 3C

Akakura Onsen
260cm, -2C

Ikenotaira
180cm, -1C

Suginohara
170cm, -1C

Seki Onsen
480cm, -7C (no report for today)

Kyukamura
280cm, 4C

Myoko Ski Park
280cm, 0C

Tangram
175cm, 1C

Madarao
180cm, -2C   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Conditions cleared up good and fast yesterday and by lunchtime it was clear blue skies though clouds did come back later on in the afternoon but for the most part the sun was out. A fine day, and good to enjoy that new snow up top too.

Temps dipped to -5 overnight but this morning but will be rising today - it's already about 7 degrees at base. Not much of a wind.

But the headline has to be those lovely clear blue skies again over Hakuba and Otari.

Should be fairly fine weather over the weekend on the resorts, and hopefully this weekend the wind will stay away. Fingers crossed for that.

Over the last week or so lots of the snow down around village has quickly dried up and gone and on some lower slopes some patches of earth can now be seen here and there.... always happens quickly when it happens and kind of sad to see of course. But them there be big mountains and there's plenty of snow up of course still.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 22nd March 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 240cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 70cm

Hakuba 47:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 75cm

Happo-one:
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 40cm
Sakka - 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Lower slopes - 100cm

Hakuba Cortina:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Lower slopes - 165cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 140cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
90cm   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Yesterday the snow was falling during the morning but eased off and by early afternoon it has started to clear up - ended up a fine sunny afternoon. Cold last night down to -5C and it is a cold start to the day today as well, though it is warming up fast with a high of around 10 degrees likely today. Only a slight wind and clear skies. The sun is out and it's a great day to be outside.

Tomorrow is not going to warm up as much and the local forecast is for generally cloudy conditions. If you want sun over the weekend, Sunday is the better bet.

Official resort snow depths @ Friday 22nd March 2013, AM:

Naeba:
240cm
Kagura:
380cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
250cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
210cm
Gala Yuzawa:
330cm
Iwappara:
165cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
160cm
Yuzawa Park:
175cm
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Maiko Snow Resort:
235cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
220cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
170cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It is the calm after the storm today. The weather is great and the slopes are in fantastic condition for March.

Main runs have been groomed but there is a lot of fresh untracked powder on the mountain for the powder seekers.

The last day of the season for the Kitanomine Zone of Furano will be Sunday 24th March. The last night skiing of the season will be Saturday 23 March.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 22nd March 2013, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It's another lovely morning in Nozawa. Light winds, clear skies and still plenty of fresh snow on offer. Great day for a ski or board!

No new snowfall to report this morning. The best riding will be had on the upper slopes where continual below freezing temperatures have maintained excellent snow quality, with the odd powder stash. Groomed runs will be silky smooth and remain that way as the day draws on. Lower pistes will be firm and fast early, becoming slushy around lunch.

Reports suggest that the spectacular cherry blossoms are coming out in Tokyo at the moment, a sight well worth checking out. Not here though yet of course.

Yesterday was perhaps one of the best this March, or at least the past few weeks. Windblown powder stashes that were fairly deep at times in the gullies were on offer. Not many people out there once again combined with cold temperatures ensured the powder remained in good condition and provided fresh tracks well into the afternoon.

We expect further snow to fall overnight tonight up top and again on Monday. In the mix well also expect some cool sunny weather on Sunday. It's nice to have a prolonged period of cooler weather forecast after the very warm conditions we have experience for much of March so far.

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Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except:
Hikage No2 pair B line

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Hachiman
Challenge 39
Kandahar East
Kandahar West

Official snow depths
Yamabiko
290cm

Uenotaira
245cm

Hikage
125cm

Nagasaka
120cm

Karasawa
45cm   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
22nd Nov, 14:52pm
Aizu Bandai Now
22nd Nov, 11:41am
Madarao Now
22nd Nov, 10:20
Shiga Kogen Now
22nd Nov, 10:04
Appi Kogen Now
22nd Nov, 9:41am
Hakuba Now
22nd Nov, 8:49
Yuzawa Now
22nd Nov, 8:32
Furano Now
22nd Nov, 7:57
Geto Kogen Now
22nd Nov, 7:50
Zao Now
21st Nov, 11:40
Naeba Now
21st Nov, 10:17
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Nov, 9:31
Minakami Now
16th Nov, 11:38am
Myoko Now
12th Nov, 17:13pm
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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